Bread-Free Bread

We’ve been featured on Bakepedia! They tried out the Hippie Chick Bread and the Black Bean Tortillas from Nerissa Oden’s book Bread Free Bread. Admittedly, “bread-free bread” sounds like a contradiction, but Bakepedia was convinced, and we’re sure you will be, too. These recipes are great for anyone looking to mix up their bread choices, whether you’re gluten-free or not. Plus, Oden includes plenty of tips to make baking easy.

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Hippie Chick Bread
Makes: one 12×7-inch bread
Ingredients
Dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw, shell-free sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Wet ingredients:
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 (15 ounce) can, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup liquid egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cover a 12 x 17-inch baking sheet with Pan Lining Paper, foil side down.
  3. Grind sunflower seeds into a fine meal.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  5. Blend wet ingredients thoroughly in blender.
  6. Transfer the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well and quickly.
  7. Scrape the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Push the mixture to the edges, then level with a spatula. Bake for about 60 minutes or until dry to the touch.
  8. Invert bread onto a cooling rack. Remove the pan and paper. Let cool.
  9. After cooling, cut into desired pieces or use as a prebaked pizza crust. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Black Bean Tortillas
Makes: 10, 6-inch tortillas
Ingredients
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 (15-ounce) can, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Dry Ingredients:
  • ½ cup chia seed meal
  • 2½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend the beans, water, and salt thoroughly, breaking down all bean skin.
  2. Transfer to a medium bowl. Whisk in the chia seed meal until the mixture becomes doughlike.
  3. Place in a container with a lid and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Place the chilled dough in a large bowl and fold in the gelatin with your preferred utensil. I use a fork.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  6. Form half of the dough into five tortillas. (See Tips below)
  7. Place the Pan Lining Paper containing the five tortillas on a 12 x 17-inch cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. Place the cookie sheet on a hot pad while you turn each tortilla over by carefully lifting it from the parchment before turning it over and placing it back down.
  10. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the tortillas on a cooling rack.
  11. Bake and cool the remaining five tortillas as above.
  12. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Author’s Tips: Introduction to Tortillas

Your tortillas will bake evenly if their thickness is level from edge to edge: the middle not too fat and the edges not too thin. Easier said than done.

Also, note that my recipe yields are for 6-inch tortillas. If you want to make larger tortillas, increase the ingredient amounts proportionally.

How to Form Bread-Free Bread Tortillas

Tear off enough Pan Lining Paper to cover a 12 x 17-inch cookie sheet. Next, tear off a short strip to make a 7 x 15-inch strip. Then cut that strip in two, creating two fat rectangles.

Scoop the “dough” with an ice-cream scoop until you’ve made the number of scoops specified in the recipe instructions. Or cut into pieces equal in volume, based on your recipe. Place the scooped or cut pieces equal distance apart on the Pan Lining Paper, parchment side up. Take one of your fat rectangles and with its foil side down, facing the dough, press down on the first dough ball.

Now your job is to form the largest tortilla possible without the dough flowing outside the paper. Use your hands, or a rolling pin, or combination as I do. After the dough is shaped, slowly peel away the top paper. Repeat.

After all the tortillas are formed, use a rubber spatula to gently push in any edges that are thinner than the body. The edges need to stay plump to prevent overbaking.

After a few attempts at forming a tortilla by hand or rolling pin, you will pick up a few tricks. One trick is that the edges can be built up while you are molding the tortillas under the paper. Just press and drag the edges back toward the center with your fingers.

Feel free to use a tortilla press. If you do, make sure to cut squares of Pan Lining Paper to form a barrier between the dough and the plates of the press. To make tortillas level when using a press, flip the tortillas after the first pressing, then gently press again. This is because the first press creates a tortilla thicker on one side than on the other, so flipping and making a second, gentle press levels the thickness out.

Bread-Free Bread: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Amazingly Healthy Veggie- and Seed-Based Recipes was published by The Countryman Press in November 2014, and can be bought for $19.95 on www.countrymanpress.com, or at bookstores and online retailers.

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